Rav Yair Kahn

Rav Yair Kahn [YHE '77] head of the Overseas Students Program, has been a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion since 1987. He teaches an Israeli shiur, one into which the Overseas students integrate comfortably. Rav Kahn has been the coordinator of the Virtual Beit Midrash Gemara Iyun Shiur for several years. Originally from NY, Rav Kahn studied at Chaim Berlin, Yeshiva University, and Yeshivat Har Etzion. Rav Kahn is also the editor of the Shiurei Hagrid series published by the Toras Horav Foundation and Mossad Harav Kook.

Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Yair Kahn "She-assa Nissim La-avoteinu" Halakhot of Chanuka
Rav Yair Kahn Checking for Chametz before the Fourteenth of Nisan Bedikat Chametz (Checking Chametz) Before the Fourteenth of Nisan Halakhot of Pesach
Rav Yair Kahn The Link Between Matza and Maror and the Story of the Exodus Halakhot of Pesach
Rav Yair Kahn The Prohibition of Work on Erev Pesach Halakhot of Pesach
Rav Yair Kahn Adar Alef and the Holiday of Purim Halakhot of Purim
Rav Yair Kahn Tu Bi-Shevat: The New Year for Trees As Tu Bi-Shevat – the "New Year for Trees" – approaches, let us study the significance of the date chosen for this minor festival – the 15th day of the month of Shevat. Holiday Packages
Rav Yair Kahn Birkat ha-Torah: The Highest of Blessings Is Birkat Ha-Torah a blessing on a mitzva or a blessing of praise and thanks? Is its recitation a biblical mitzva or a rabbinic one? Is it an individual mitzva or a communal one? This shiur explores these questions through the lenses of the Rambam and Rav Soloveitchik. Holiday Packages
Rav Yair Kahn Revelation and Repentance Selichot and the Yom Kippur Service
Rav Yair Kahn Moshe and the Giving of the Torah Immediately prior to the Asseret Ha-dibbrot (Ten Commandments), an enigmatic dialogue is recorded (19:21-25). Hashem orders Moshe to warn the nation not to attempt to catch a glimpse of Hashem. Standing at Sinai
Rav Yair Kahn The Ten Days of Repentance The Day of Repentance
Rav Yair Kahn Moshe: National Leader and Divine Representative The Exodus and Moshe
Rav Yair Kahn The Recitation of Hallel on Chanuka When we open Hilkhot Chanuka, we find, surprisingly enough, a presentation of all the halakhot of Hallel. If we had chosen a framework for these halakhot, we would have likely selected Hilkhot Tefilla, or perhaps we would have preferred Hilkhot Yom Tov. But the Rambam chose specifically Hilkhot Chanuka, which is quite puzzling. The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Yair Kahn The Miracle of the Lights The Meaning of Chanuka
Rav Yair Kahn Rosh Hashana – The Jewish Celebration of a Cosmic Event The Meaning of Rosh Hashana
Rav Yair Kahn "You Shall Make for Yourself the Festival of Sukkot" The Meaning of Sukka and the Four Species
Rav Yair Kahn The Fruit and the Flower The Meaning of Sukka and the Four Species
Rav Yair Kahn Remembering and Recounting the Exodus: The Meaning of the Seder Night
Rav Yair Kahn Matza: Symbol of Servitude, Redemption, or Both? There are many halakhic indicators, as we shall see, that matza is both the bread of servitude and the bread of redemption. Why are there two foods to symbolize the redemption – matza and the Pesach offering; and why are there two foods to symbolize the servitude – matza and maror? Furthermore, how is it possible that matza can symbolize these two opposites? The Meaning of the Seder Night
Rav Yair Kahn The Secret of Jewish Regeneration The Meaning of the Three Weeks
Rav Yair Kahn The Yom Kippur Service and the Death of Aharon's Sons The Meaning of the Yom Kippur Sacrificial Service
Rav Yair Kahn Changes in Prayer During the Ten Days of Repentance Topics in Halakha
Rav Yair Kahn The Relationship Between Shofar and Prayer Topics in Halakha
Rav Yair Kahn When Tisha Be-Av Falls on Shabbat This year, the ninth of Av falls on Shabbat. Since it is prohibited to fast on Shabbat, the fast is pushed off until Sunday, the tenth of Av. However, there are many things prohibited on Tisha Be-Av aside from fasting, and it is usually permissible to refrain from these things on Shabbat. Do these laws apply on Shabbat, despite the fact that the fast is delayed?